Need to know:
- Two-door version of C-Class compact exec
- Longer, lower and wider than the saloon
- Due to arrive in December
The new Mercedes C-Class Coupe has been revealed ahead of making its public debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. With a longer, lower and wider body than the saloon upon which it’s based, Mercedes has also dropped the suspension to give the Coupe a more sporting feel. There are also updates to the engine range, interior styling and equipment.
On the outside, the Coupe has a visibly lower roofline than the saloon and a more sloping rear screen. There are also new rear light clusters, which echo the design language of the S-Class saloon, while the headlamp clusters are also revised. There’s also a new ‘diamond’ radiator grille at the front of the lengthened bonnet. That long bonnet accentuates the car’s sporting pretensions, giving the proportions a more cab-back look. It’ll sit on 17-inch alloys as standard, with other designs and sizes available as an option.
Inside, much of the basic design has been carried over from the saloon, such as the three centrally-mounted air vents and the infotainment screen mounted on top of the centre console, but it has been tweaked to give it a more sporting feel. The door cards have been redesigned, while the sports seats have been designed specifically for the coupe. With an 80mm longer wheelbase, Mercedes says that there’s more room in the coupe’s cabin than in the saloon.
In terms of engines, there’ll initially be a choice of four petrol and two diesel units. All of the petrol powerplants displace 2.0 litres and will produce between 154- and 241bhp, while the diesels will are the familiar 2.1-litre four-cylinder unit in two states of tune. They’ll develop 168- and 201bhp respectively. There’s no official word on six-cylinder engines as yet, but, as with a full-blown AMG version, expect these to arrive at some point in 2016.